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Louisiana

Hunting

License Information

How do I purchase a hunting license?

You can purchase a hunting license*:

*This does not apply to most military, student, disability, and lifetime licenses. See Special Licenses for details.

Online payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or E-check; these purchases include a small handling fee.

If you purchase your license online, you will receive an authorization number so you can use your license immediately. You will also receive a PDF of your license, which you can print and/or save to the electronic device you take hunting.

If you purchase your license via a mobile device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.), you will not receive a license in the mail. You will receive a text with a temporary authorization number and an email with the temporary authorization number and a PDF of your licenses, which you can print and/or save to the electronic device you take hunting.

Louisiana citizens with a Louisiana driver’s license or ID card can also now use the LA Wallet app to display their purchased LDWF licenses on their smartphone.

License Exceptions & Exemptions

Hunting and recreational fishing E-license may be purchased at la-web.s3licensing.com The E-license can be printed using a personal printer for immediate use or saved to an electronic device which is kept in possession while hunting. Methods of payment are Visa, MasterCard, & Discover. A convenience fee is assessed. Customers wanting a license on durable, waterproof paper can still visit any license vendors.
The following recreational fishermen and hunters are not required to obtain a basic recreational fishing license, saltwater license, basic hunting license, big game license or migratory waterfowl conservation license, but must have proof of age in their possession whenever fishing or hunting:
  1. Residents who were born prior to June 1, 1940.
  2. Residents and non-residents younger than 16 years of age.

Military

Military licenses are valid only during that time when the licensee is on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. Any resident or nonresident who possesses a military identification card that signifies that he or she is currently on active duty with any branch of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, or the spouse or dependent of such person, may be issued a license for hunting or recreational fishing in Louisiana for the same fee as that required of Louisiana residents. The military identification card or dependent card and the appropriate license must be on the licensee’s person at all times when he is engaged in hunting and fishing activities. Any Louisiana resident who submits proof of his or her status as an active member of the Louisiana National Guard or any reserve component of the United States armed forces, though not currently on active duty, may purchase in lieu of Basic and Saltwater Fishing, Basic Hunting, Big Game, Bow, Primitive Firearms, LA. Duck, Turkey Stamp and WMA Hunting Permit, a license for $50 to fish and hunt in Louisiana. Submit completed application with a copy of the applicant’s:
  1. Louisiana Driver’s license,
  2. Military identification card,
  3. Original letter from their commanding officer verifying that they are in “good standing” with the Louisiana National Guard or United States Armed Forces and
  4. Check, Cashier’s Check or Money order made payable to LDWF for $50. Mail to: Sports License, LDWF, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. The application form is available online at www.wlf.la.gov/page/special-licenses-and-permits or at 225-765-2887.Resident veterans having a permanent service-connected disability classification of 50 percent or more and residents who are blind, paraplegic or multiple amputee shall upon identification and proof of disability satisfactory to LDWF, be issued sports hunting license without the payment of any fees thereof. Contact Sports License at 225-765-2887 for required forms.

Veteran bona fide residency

Effective August 1, 2019, a Louisiana Resident who was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, for the purposes of purchasing a fishing/hunting license will be considered a bona fide resident of Louisiana once he/she possess a Louisiana driver’s license, or, if not licensed to drive, is in possession of a special identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections under the provisions of R.S. 40:1321

Social Security, RailRoad, State and Public Subdivision Disability Retirement Recipients

A resident who is totally and permanently disabled and receiving a disability social security benefit may submit a current award letter from Social Security (SSI does not qualify) and a valid Louisiana driver’s license to qualify. A resident who receives disability retirement income from a retirement system whose members are exempt from federal social security, either pursuant to the Railroad Retirement Insurance Act, 45 U.S.C. 231, or because they are employees of a state or a political subdivision of the state that has not voluntarily agreed to participate in federal social security under 42 U.S.C. 418, may qualify to purchase a Resident Basic Hunting (includes WMA hunting permit), Resident Big Game Hunting, Resident Primitive Firearm, and a Resident Bow license at a fee of $5 each. Contact the licensing staff at (225) 765-2887 for required documents.

How do I replace a lost license?

If you lost your license, you can purchase a duplicate for $2 per license. If you purchased it online or through a mobile device, you can reprint it for free. No duplicates are allowed for temporary licenses (e.g. 1-day nonresident licenses).

Louisiana/Mississippi Agreement

If you hold a Mississippi hunting license, you have the same rights and privileges as provided by law for a Louisiana hunting license holder to hunt wild game birds and quadrupeds on islands in and around the waters of the Mississippi River and other land resulting from accretion along the Mississippi River at the Louisiana and Mississippi border.

How do I qualify for resident rates?

To purchase a license at the resident rate, you must meet the bona fide residency requirements defined below and present one of the following valid forms of identification:

  • Louisiana driver’s license (valid for 6 months or more)
  • Louisiana identification card (issued by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety)

If you obtain a resident license but do not comply with the bona fide residency requirements as stated below, you will be subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions.

Bona Fide Resident

Any person who has resided in this state continuously during the 6 months immediately prior to the date on which he or she applies for any license and who has manifested his or her intent to remain in this state by establishing Louisiana as his or her legal domicile, as demonstrated by compliance with all of the following, as applicable:
  • If registered to vote, he or she is registered to vote in Louisiana.
  • If licensed to drive a motor vehicle, he or she is in possession of a valid Louisiana drivers license.
  • If owning a motor vehicle located within Louisiana, he or she is in possession of a valid Louisiana registration for that vehicle.
  • If earning an income, he or she has filed a Louisiana state income tax return and has complied with state income tax laws and regulations.